Ever since we were little kids, we always heard our doctors, our mothers, and any other loved one ask us if we remembered to take our vitamins that day.  Growing up, we always struggled to find the real importance behind this notion, mainly because we were always led to believe they were just good for us no matter what.  However, two vitamins that we just assumed as children to be good for us are actually very integral pieces in staying healthy and here are the reasons why.

 

Vitamin B6 is a vitamin that activates enzymes in our body that are responsible for producing energy.  Not only that but it also produces neurotransmitters, red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout our bodies, and white blood cells that help support our immune systems.  Furthermore, getting an adequate amount of B6 will ensure your heart stays healthy because it removes the amino acid homocysteine from your blood, which is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. A regular daily diet should include at least 1.3 milligrams of B6 and you can find it in items like tuna, salmon, poultry, beef and potatoes.

 

Vitamin B12 is a vitamin that your body needs in order to make neurotransmitters, hemoglobin, and DNA.  It also helps lower your levels of homocysteine by converting them into something called S-adenosylmethionine. This is essential for the synthesis of hemoglobin and vitamins.  It is also used to treat osteoarthritis, depression and may help relieve pain from fibromyalgia. The recommended daily intake for B12 is 2.4 micrograms for men and women.  You can find a good source of B12 in animal based foods such as fish, chicken, beef, milk, cheese and yogurt.

 

So don’t forget, it is always essential to take your vitamins each and every day, especially B6 and B12.  Doing so will help you live a longer, happier and healthier life!